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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Police Department’s memorial dedication for Officer Charles Kondek was a somber one, but a heartfelt remembrance of a community hero.

In a final signal of respect and honor, TSPD unveiled the sign for the newly named Harry K. Singletary, Jr., and Officer Charles R. Kondek, Jr., Public Safety Building in front of Kondek’s family and friends on June 12.

“Dec. 21 was a day that changed the mindsets and attitudes of everyone in Tarpon,” said TSPD Maj. Jeff Young. “We can no longer say ‘that won’t happen here.’ It was the act of a coward who took a loved one before his time. There are no words I can say that can ease the family’s pain or the department’s pain.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - In preparation for the upcoming budget season, Tarpon Springs Finance Director Ron Harring presented the City Commission with some initial projects at the June 2 Commission meeting.

So far, all city departments have submitted their proposed budgets to the finance department and all revenues and expenditures have been estimated. City Manager Mark LeCouris has met with all department heads and has begun making cuts; he estimated he’d already cut close to $500,000 from the initial budgets. The Budget Advisory Committee has also begun meeting with the department heads.

Harring said he is basing current budget predictions off of the assumption that the millage rate will stay at 5.45, as it has in Tarpon Springs since 2011. Because the property appraiser estimated a taxable value increase between 5 and 6 percent, Tarpon Springs would still be collecting more money in property taxes without having to raise the millage rate.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Finance Director Ron Harring presented the City Commission with a resolution June 2 to amend the budget for fiscal year 2015 to reflect items not previously budgeted.

At the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year, expenditures and revenues were expected to be $86,924,289; as of earlier this month, the current numbers sit at $88,619,305, an increase of about $1,695,000.

Of the additional expenses, the most expensive was about $475,000 for the new reclaimed water tank. The city also spent about $437,000 for new radios for the police and fire departments, about $195,000 on a new computer-aided dispatch and records management system and about $251,000 to purchase land from the Shepherd Center.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Deputy Fire Chief Scott Young of the Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue has been awarded the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) by the Commission of Professional Credentialing (CPC). Young is one of only 1,056 CFOs worldwide.

The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria, including an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs cyclists will have some artwork to protect their bikes by next year. In their latest attempt to beautify Tarpon Springs, the Public Art Committee has begun working on plans for 10 artistically designed bike racks to be installed around the city for both use and aesthetics.

As works of art, Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee Chairman Lynn Pierson said the decorative bike racks would appeal to those on bikes and on foot. Attracting attention to city districts also would likely increase business to local restaurants and merchants in those areas. Pierson also cited the successful Mayor’s Fitness Challenge as the latest in a string of attempts to pull the city in the direction of physical fitness; prominent bike racks, she said, would encourage residents to get out on their bicycles and take advantage of the installations. Although the installation sites will have to be approved by the public works department, city manager and Board of Commissioners, the members of the Public Art Committee already have some ideas for locations, including along the Pinellas Trail, the Tarpon Springs Public Library, Craig
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TARPON SPRINGS - With hurricane season in full swing, the Tarpon Springs Fire Department is taking time to make sure residents know what to do in case of an emergency.

Fire Chief Rick Butcher advises all residents to enroll in Pinellas County’s “First Call” system, which sends emergency alerts when situations arise. Every member of a household can register for the free automated messaging system, which can send alerts to landlines, cell phones (call or text message) and email. To register, call 866-484-3264 or go online to https://alertregistration.com/PinellasCoFLEMS/.

If you don’t know what evacuation zone you are in, maps are available at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, City Hall, City Collection and the Public Safety Facility. You can also call 453-3150 or go online to egis.pinellascounty.org/apps/knowyourzone/.
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TARPON SPRINGS - The City Commission unanimously approved the application for a liquor license for the proposed Mugs ‘n Jugs on June 2.

The restaurant would be located in a 5,500 square foot building in the shopping center on the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 19 and East Oakwood Street. Plans call for 150 seats, including outdoor seating, and the restaurant will offer a full menu, serving food, beer and liquor.

City purchases used mobile buildings for RO plant office space
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TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Housing Authority will soon begin total renovations on four low-income complexes for residents 55 and older around Tarpon Springs.

More than $13 million, coming from tax credits, funds from Pinellas County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to demolish and rebuild the interiors of 95 units at the four developments owned and managed by the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority: Ring Avenue Apartments, Pine Trail Village, Lemon Street Apartments and Walton Village.
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TARPON SPRINGS - After complaints from residents and weeks of discussion, the Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously to amend the city tree ordinance, established in 2006.

The ordinance, which is “intended to protect, promote and maintain a healthy tree canopy within the City” according to a memo from Planning and Zoning Director Steve Careccia, was written to protect the city’s trees and reduce the removal of protected trees, including during the development and redevelopment of property.

Under the new amendment, approved at the May 5 City Commission meeting, the city manager now has the ability to allow for the removal of trees located within a city right-of-way that are “dead, diseased or weakened by age, storm, fire or other injury and pose a safety hazard to persons, buildings or vehicular traffic or threatens to cause a disruption in public services.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - Life happens. Jobs fold under corporate downsizing and medical issues spring up. Sometimes, without any warning, the money is tight by the end of the month.

Wanda Weber saw that, and saw people struggling to pay mortgages on homes with extra bedrooms and saw people scraping together money for rent on apartments. So she decided to help.

Nine years ago, Weber founded Home Share Pinellas, a nonprofit organization that matches renters with homeowners (Weber calls them “providers”).
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Community Calender
• Thursday, July 2, 2015
Aquatic fitness classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department is again offering aquatic fitness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 10 to Sept. 22, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

The cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for nonresidents. Silver Sneakers members are welcome. Aquatic fitness provides muscle toning and a cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
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Bone marrow donor registration drive
CLEARWATER – The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa will host a Delete Blood Cancer Cheek Swab Event from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 2.

Hyatt is teaming with Delete Blood Cancer to save lives by hosting bone marrow donor registration drives that grow the registry and support the 14,000 people fighting blood cancer and waiting for a bone marrow transplant to survive.

All participants will receive complimentary parking and will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prizes, including a two-night stay at any Hyatt in Florida, tickets to Busch Gardens and gift cards to local restaurants.
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Caregiver Coffee Hour
SEMINOLE – The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s Caregiver Coffee Hour meets first Thursdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Maria’s Adult Day Care Center, 7821 Seminole Blvd. in Seminole.

The Caregiver Coffee Hour is an educational, emotional and social support program for family caregivers. Caregivers meet in a comfortable and confidential setting to chat with peers about issues pertinent to their dementia journey.

A Heidi Crockett, licensed clinical social worker with Aging Care Advocates, and volunteer support group facilitator with the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the program.

RSVP appreciated for coordination of seating and refreshments. Call 578-2558 or email killiane@alzflgulf.org. For more information, call 393-7711 or visit www.alz.org /flgulfcoast.
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Oil painting classes
INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter. Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and  critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.

Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting.  Individual creativity is emphasized.

The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary. For more information, call 595-1083 or email betsyschoepf@gmail.com.
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Starkey Parkies support group
LARGO – The Starkey Parkies host a monthly support group meeting first Thursdays, 1 p.m., in the second floor café at Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road.

The group welcomes people with Parkinson’s, care partners, family and friends. Refreshments will be served. For more, email Theo Betjemann at theobetj@aol.com.
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• Friday, July 3, 2015
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.

The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.

Call 734-0757  
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Friday Night Dinners
LARGO – Friday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by Karaoke DJ Bill Johnson, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes shrimp, four-piece chicken and all-you-can-eat fried fish served with rolls, french fries and coleslaw.
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July 4th poolside picnic
LARGO – Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic basket to enjoy the Independence Day Poolside Picnic Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, noon to 4 p.m., at Highland Family Aquatic Center. The cost is $23 for a group of five or $12 for individuals. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.  
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Kiwanis Midnight Run
DUNEDIN – The 36th Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run will be held Friday, July 3 and the morning of July 4, starting on Causeway Boulevard.

The Midnight Run starts at 12:15 a.m., Friday, July 4; the 5K run starts at 11:25 p.m. and the One Mile Run/Walk starts at 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.

Registration on the day of the event starts Thursday, July 3, 9:30 a.m., at Causeway Plaza, 2602 Bayshore Blvd. in front of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Store and continues until each race starts.

Virginia Street Dermatology and the Kiwanis Club of Top of the Bay sponsor the event.

Contact Chuck Winscott, race director at 813-833-5511 or e-mail chwinscott@Verizon.net; Joe Garrison, co-race director at 535-2257 or e-mail dunedincpa@gmail.com.

Register at endurancecui.active.com /event-reg /select-race?e=11950753.

For more information about race registration, awards and parking, visit www.kiwanismidnightrun.com.
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Senior center jam session
ST. PETERSBURG – The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians. Old country music and some new will be featured in the jam session on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd. The Sunshine Center is located at 330 Fifth St. N. For more information, call 893-7190.
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